Hankido was developed by Myung Jae-nam kuksanim with the aim to create a martial art that the Korean people could call their own. After years of study he introduced this martial art to the world. Hankido is a very sophisticated martial art.
Although it is easy to learn the twelve self defence techniques that are at the core of this system, it is very hard to master them. Only through hard training and study does the deepness of this art reveal itself.
Hankido techniques are based on three principles (sam dae wolli); won, yu and hwa. Won is the principle of circular motion. Yu is the principle and flow. Hwa is the principle of harmony. The three principles are accompanied by three basic exercises: jeonhwanbeop, yeongnyubeop and simhwabeop.
Hankido movements are circular in nature. This enables the practitioner to deflect the attack, unbalance the opponent, guide him and neutralise his attack. Once this is achieved it is possible to counter the attack and control the opponent.
When a technique doesn’t flow naturally the opponent is given the opportunity to reestablish his balance. Flow also enables the hankido practitioner to build up more energy for a counter attack. Flow of energy can be compared to a wave in the water that eventually splashes against the cliffs.
Taking control over your opponent’s movement is done by first moving with the opponent. Once your movements match, you can take over control over the action of your opponent and guide him in the direction you desire.